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WATCH: RCMP seize Whistle Stop Cafe, removing owners from their property

The Mounties showed up at 6:30 a.m., on owner Chris Scott’s day off.




A week after they confiscated its beer, Alberta RCMP officers and Alberta Health inspectors raided the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, AB. early Wednesday morning, and changed the locks on the property.

The Mounties showed up at 6:30 a.m. MST on owner Chris Scott’s day off. Four police cars blocked entrances into the building. There was only one staff member working at the time.

“This is disgusting,” Scott said to the RCMP officers and AHS officials on the scene as he drove into the parking lot.

The padlocked Whistle Stop

“How can any of you sleep at night? This is my property and I have the right to enjoy it.

“If you think this is gonna stop me, you have another thing coming.”

The AHS officer on the scene said they “are going to seize the building.”

After locking up the building, AHS officials got out of Dodge.

“We don’t need to be around when everybody rolls out of bed,” said one.

And moments after the authorities left, the Whistle Stop was back in business at their outdoor patio.

“We’re not closing,” said Scott.

Scott invited customers down to enjoy a “Freedom Burger” and enjoy it in the “Freedom Park.”

Whistle Stop’s Freedom Park

He said he has received several offers from people offering to destroy the lock “but that’s not an appropriate measure” at this time.

Scott said he had $75,000 worth of inventory, now “being held hostage by the AHS.”

RCMP officers, along with Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) inspectors, also raided the establishment last week – one of the first places in Alberta to defy the provincial COVID-19 lockdown order in January.

The AGLC had previously taken away its liquor licence and the Whistle Stop ceased beer sales. However, the establishment was raided for its beer supply later.

In scenes that looked like something from the prohibition era, an RCMP officer packed up all Whistle Stop’s beer without the owner’s consent and carted it away.

Scott decided to defy provincial lockdown orders and restrictions introduced by the UCP government and opened his restaurant on Jan. 21. He said he has received overwhelming support, and daily visits from the Mounties.

Scott is the only gas station/cafe in the town of about 500, 50-km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s seeing people from all over the province stopping in.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an earlier interview with the Western Standard.

Chris Scott

“It’s also a financial issue, my sister and I were just sitting back and watching our savings dwindle.”

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott, who could face a raft of penalties from fines, loss of his liquor licence and even jail.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Stew James

    May 6, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Alberta separate now! Enough is enough!

  2. Declan Carroll

    May 6, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Only one way to respond to this tyranny. Time for another Rooodeeeoooo!

  3. Dennis Richter

    May 6, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Here is just one of many Doctors that are speaking out under threat from MSM, Big Pharma and governments about the proven results of the drug Ivermectin in the treatment & prevention of COVID 19. Everything we see and hear in the media is all about the rising case numbers, hospitals overwhelmed, bla bla bla. Well if that is in fact the case why not try another approach to keep people out of the hospitals and actually prevent the spread with a proven, efficient and inexpensive drug that has been around for 40+ years. How about the truth from government? People need to start asking questions. https://youtu.be/19DPijOoVKE https://youtu.be/JESrh_2KOzo

  4. Joc2257

    May 6, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Kenney and the UPC need to be gone in the next election. Albertans need political leaders that want to follow the will of the people and listen and read the science other than what is being pushed out by the globalist master in Ottawa. Albertans need to elect a party that will respect the rule of la, the freedoms and safety of it’s citizens.
    Albertans need to join the Wildrose Independence Party and forge ahead in getting all the recommendations of the Fair Deal panel, set up our autonomy and maybe then look at where this province fits in this con job of a federation

  5. Steven Ruthven

    May 5, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Governor Hinshaw just approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is pissing me off. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought AHS wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed !! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then Dr. Hinshaw. What a damn bully & the hypocrisy of the NDP controlling AHS is sure showing.

    It’s a real kick in the nuts to the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so called circuit breaker lockdown. Schools are controlled by the NDP so special privilege’s then? AHS is controlled by the NDP Dr. Hinshaw so special privilege’s for her NDP controlled schools.

    I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney can you?

  6. Left Coast

    May 5, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Becoming more and more like East Germany . . . in the ole Soviet Union.

    And Canada’s Royal Canadian Police Farce is eager to go right along and become the 21st Century Stasi.

    There’s 600 odd folks in the Hospital . . . out of what 2.5 Million.

    Kenny & his dour Dr. are a Clown Show . . . doing the same thing over & over expecting a different result . . .

    Meanwhile . . . Florida, South Dakota, Texas are NORMAL today!

  7. david william

    May 5, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    One thing for sure the free advertising will carry forward the business for years to come. It is now considered a tourism destination must-see. The opportunity for advancement and even franchisement will offer more jobs in Alberta than the UCP has delivered. Oh, I forgot they are the reason. Look forward to visiting on a future road trip to visit the Gopher Museum in Torrington.

  8. Royden Yuill

    May 5, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    I hope you notified the utility companies to send any bills after 6:31 am directly to dr henshaw, I’m sure her office address is public knowledge. Any other bills associated with the building as well.

  9. Eldon

    May 5, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    I agree with the other commentary. The only way forward for Alberta is by electing the WIP to government.
    Both the NDP and the UCP have failed Albertans. Call your UCP MLA and insist he/she leave the UCP and join the WIP. Inform them that is the only way they will get your vote.

  10. Mars Hill

    May 5, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    A lawyer that’s been there and getting it started….

  11. Barbara

    May 5, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    What a joke. You know how the mMSM is saying Britain is locked down? Well look at this. No wonder Trudeau doesn’t want us to travel.

  12. westofsask@hotmail.com

    May 5, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    The government and AHS have done this and increased restrictions not for the manufactured 3rd wave, but to punish Albertans for disobeying their dictates! They hope that by punishing the people complying they not only push more vaccines, but cause those businesses to turn on braver entrepreneurs like Chris. The cops have also chosen their side. Let’s be honest, they chose their side when they went after Grace Life.

  13. Scott Rivers

    May 5, 2021 at 12:30 pm


    WIP Membership bought and Donation made.

  14. Baron Not Baron

    May 5, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Get a membership in Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and get things moving!

  15. Greg Hilz

    May 5, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Chris is 100% in the RIGHT!! This TRULY needs to be shared on EVERY platform!!! Repeatedly!! https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/05/05/new-report-sheds-light-on-vaccine-doomsday-cult/

  16. Dennis Richter

    May 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Okay folks, Chris is right. What we’ve had for the past decade or more is not working. It’s time for us Albertans to step up to the plate and become involved in our government. For a small investment of $20 for a membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta you can get involved in shaping the future of Alberta in a way that has never happened before.
    Wildrose.party in 2023. The same old, same old ain’t workin.

  17. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 5, 2021 at 10:12 am

    The ucp gov leaders are acting like loonies.Let see if I got this right ; Close business confiscate private property throw ministers in jail is really Alberta? All this to protect the highest paid health system in Canada . No alterate plan play the same record hey Kenny people are tired of the tune.

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CLEMENT: No reason to toast federal tax on non-alcoholic beer

Across the board, we should expect better from Ottawa, and the tax on non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of where they’ve gotten it wrong.




Sin-taxes, across all sectors, are fairly excessive in Canada. At almost every turn the government sinks its tax teeth into the process of you purchasing the products you like. This is true for cannabis products, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, gas, and annoyingly so, non-alcoholic beer. Yes, non-alcoholic beer in Canada is not exempt from federal excise taxes.

You read that right. The federal government also extends its sin-tax regime for non-alcoholic beer, at a rate of $2.82/hectolitre.

The application of excise taxes for non-alcoholic beer is problematic for a variety of reasons. The first, and most glaring, is that it is hypocritical given that the federal government has exempted non-alcoholic wine and spirits from the excise tax. Why apply it for beer, but not wine and spirits? Obviously, a more consistent approach would be to simply exempt all non-alcoholic beverages from the excise tax, because the purpose of the sin tax is to recover alcohol-related healthcare costs. That said, there are no alcohol-related healthcare costs at all from non-alcoholic beer, which immediately shows the lunacy of sin-taxing these products.

In addition to correcting hypocrisy, removing the excise tax for non-alcoholic beer would put federal policy in line with how the provinces treat these products. Provincial regulators, including Alberta, don’t require non-alcoholic beverages to be sold at licensed alcohol retail outlets, because they’ve accepted the obvious that these products don’t have alcohol in them and thus shouldn’t be strictly regulated. That is why in Alberta these products are often sold alongside carbonated water and pop. Removing the excise tax would be the federal government following the lead of the provinces in treating non-alcoholic beer differently than beer, because they are in fact different.

On the industry side, the federal excise tax acts as a barrier for product development in Canada, mostly because other beer producing jurisdictions (US,EU,UK) don’t tax non-alcoholic beer. Because of this the domestic industry in those jurisdictions has flourished, offering consumers more choice and at better prices. Their sane tax policy, coupled with increased consumer demand, is in large part why the non-alcoholic beer market is expected to grow to over $4 billion by 2025. These drinks aren’t just for hipsters, designated drivers and pregnant women anymore.

Lastly, and most importantly, is how non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of new products reducing harm for consumers. And while I don’t personally enjoy these drinks, I can see why someone would still want to enjoy a beer with their friends, or at a bar, without the alcohol that comes along with it.

From a harm reduction perspective, it makes perfect sense to have different tax strategies for products that vary in risk. The Trudeau government, at times, has championed harm reduction for illegal drugs but appears to have a blind spot when it comes to legal substances. This is an uncomfortable trend from Ottawa that is perfectly exemplified by the excise tax on non-alcoholic beer. Ottawa has kept the excise tax system for non-smokable THC cannabis products, like edibles and beverages, despite the fact they are significantly less harmful. They’ve sought to ban vape flavours, despite the fact that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking, and flavours are an incredibly useful tool for adult smokers trying to quit.

Across the board, we should expect better from Ottawa, and the tax on non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of where they’ve gotten it wrong. Hopefully, come Budget 2022, they can correct this mistake and remove the excise tax from these products entirely.

David Clement is a columnist for the Western Standard and the North American Affairs Manager with the Consumer Choice Center

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EXCLUSIVE: 2003 hearing ruled Chu’s accuser ‘not to be believed’

“I find her evidence not to be believed and I was not able to consider her evidence when deciding a sentence.”




The accuser at the centre of the embattled Calgary Coun. Sean Chu controversy told a hearing he sexually assaulted her while holding a gun to her head, according to documents obtained by the Western Standard.

But the presiding officer at the police disciplinary hearing, Insp. Debbie Middleton-Hope, said the then 16-year-old minor’s testimony was not credible and not to be believed.

The sentencing hearing took place Jan. 31, 2003 and lasted eight minutes.

Chu did admit to caressing the woman’s leg while in uniform at the King’s Head pub on Macleod Tr. after meeting her while conducting a walk-through patrol in August of 1997.

After his shift, Chu went home to change into civilian clothes before returning to the pub to meet the girl.

Middleton-Hope said in her statement that Chu provided investigators with intimate details of sexual contact the pair had when they returned to his home.

“I find Const. Chu to be forthright in his description of the details and I find his evidence to be believed,” said Middleton-Hope, a long-serving, well-respected Calgary policewoman, now retired.

The woman, in turn, denied Chu had caressed her leg.

“… her evidence was directed on an aggressive, physical struggle at which time a gun was held to her head,” said Middleton-Hope.

But Middleton-Hope said she found the woman’s testimony “inconsistent.”

“Under cross-examination (the woman) had difficulty in recalling pertinent details,” said Middleton-Hope.

“I find her evidence not to be believed and I was not able to consider her evidence when deciding a sentence.”

Middleton-Hope also addressed the age of the woman, who was 16 at the time.

“I have no evidence before me Const. Chu was aware of this fact. Several witnesses said [the girl] appeared to be 19 to 21 years old,” she ruled.

The accuser also testified she had an interaction with Chu two years previous after an altercation at school. Chu wasn’t the investigating officer, but did speak to the girl on the phone.

“…and [received] a Christmas card from her as a result of that phone call,” Middleton-Hope said.

“No evidence was presented that Constable Chu was aware of her age from this verbal contact.

“I believe Constable Chu to be sincere when he indicates he was unsuspecting of [the accusers] exact age.”

Middletin-Hope then ordered Chu have a letter of reprimand on his file for discreditable conduct for caressing the accuser’s leg while on duty.

Chu was also ordered to undergo six months of ethics training.

Middleton-Hope noted performance reviews in his 10-year police career described Chu as “hard working” and “highly motivated.”

For the third time, Chu was elected on October 18 to be the councillor for Ward 4. He won by 100 votes, winning the advance poll, but losing on election day. Documents over the case had been leaked to the media just days before the election in what Chu called a “political assassination.”

There have been a chorus of demands from other politicians for Chu to resign and a byelection called. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, incoming Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek and most of the incoming council have demanded Chu resign.

Chu said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Gondek to discuss the situation.

Dueling protests — one for Chu and one against — are planned in front of city hall on Sunday.

Chu has vowed to not resign and wants to clear his name.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes” in the 1997 incident.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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TV news mistakes leads to censure

“The details were clearly inaccurate and related to historical facts,” wrote the Canada Broadcast Standards Council.




A St. John’s TV station breached newsroom ethics when it put out a report containing mistakes, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The TV station was censured for garbling a handful of facts in a local story.

“The details were clearly inaccurate and related to historical facts,” wrote the Canada Broadcast Standards Council.

Correct information “could have been easily verified by the reporter prior to airing the news segment,” wrote the Council.

NTV on its flagship suppertime newscast last April 26 broadcast a story on a local parole case that misstated the year of the crime, the date the killer was convicted, and the number of years the murderer served in the penitentiary.

“This whole story was riddled with inconsistencies,” complained one viewer.

“He was charged and convicted in 2003. They reported 2002.

“These facts were not factual. There were four mistakes in the story.”

NTV management apologized and acknowledged errors were made as the story was “rushed to air” but denied any breach of newsroom ethics.

“Although we do not believe our coverage of this story was in breach of any industry guidelines or codes, we understand every individual may view news material or programming from a different perspective,” wrote station managers.

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code Of Ethics states, “It shall be the responsibility of broadcasters to ensure that news shall be represented with accuracy.”

A similar Code Of Journalistic Ethics by the Radio Television Digital News Association states: “We are committed to journalism in the public interest that is accurate and reliable.”

“There was no deliberate attempt by NTV to change the narrative of this story which focused on the revocation of the parole of the convicted murderer,” wrote the Standards Council.

“It is understandable that in a rush to get the story to air, incorrect pieces of information were used.”

“Journalists should strive to verify facts and put them in context. These inaccuracies constitute breaches.”

There are no fines for breaching TV codes. The station must announce the violation on its newscast.

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